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Litha Quotes: Celebrate Midsummer With Summer Solstice Quotes

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Litha quotes and quotes about the summer solstice can help us to align with the magic of this holiday. There are bursts of leaves growing, wild thyme everywhere, and summer is truly the miracle of manifestation painted on the landscape. Taking place between June 20-22 in the Northern Hemisphere, Litha is one of my favorite holidays.

These quotes will make you feel like you’re sitting on a grassy hillside in hot weather. It will remind you of moments bright and cheerful. Summer vibes will hold you like a warm blanket and summer breezes that smell of sweet musk-roses will swirl in your nose.

Each quote will be as a single sunbeam landing on your heart. You’ll feel the warmth of the sun’s rays, but also the coolness of the breeze. The energy of the summer solstice will fill your being with joy and happiness!

Enjoy these quotes and enjoy the summer season!

Quotes About The Summer Night

“Even so, there were times I saw freshness and beauty. I could smell the air, and I really loved rock ‘n’ roll. Tears were warm, and girls were beautiful, like dreams. I liked movie theaters, the darkness and intimacy, and I liked the deep, sad summer nights.”

― Haruki Murakami, Dance Dance Dance

“The dreamy days and sticky nights of summer were already calling, as if anything could happen.”

― C.J. Carlyon, The Cherry House

“These summer nights are short. Going to bed before midnight is unthinkable and talk, wine, moonlight and the warm air are often in league to defer it one, two or three hours more. It seems only a moment after falling asleep out of doors that dawn touches one gently on the shoulder, and, completely refreshed, up one gets, or creeps into the shade or indoors for another luxurious couple of hours. The afternoon is the time for real sleep: into the abyss one goes to emerge when the colours begin to revive and the world to breathe again about five o’clock, ready once more for the rigours and pleasures of late afternoon, the evening, and the night.”

― Patrick Leigh Fermor, Mani: Travels in the Southern Peloponnese

“In the trees the night wind stirs, bringing the leaves to life, endowing them with speech; the electric lights illuminate the green branches from the under side, translating them into a new language.”

― E.B. White

“Time goes by at the speed of life
Slower than a slow dance
on a hot summer night
Faster than the skin breaks
on the edge of a knife
And we just go on at the speed of life”

― Jude Cole

“Like ghosts the children walked across the lawn on their bare feet. The moon was full. Above the damp grass hung a veil of mist, luminous with moonlight and spangled with fireflies. There was no wind, and the sound of the brook was very distinct, tinkling, splashing, running softly. It made Mona think of an ancient fountain, shaped like a shell, covered with moss, and set in a secluded garden. Something she half remembered, or imagined.”

― Elizabeth Enright, The Four-Story Mistake

“During my childhood, I saw at least ten thousand fireflies shimmering their amber lights in the darkness and never once longed to dissect a single one to discover the source of its magic. I’m older now, my youth behind me, and fireflies continue to fill me with the joy of childhood. I refuse to dissect their magic. We all need a miracle or two or three to cling to, and I will always cling to the miracle of fireflies on a summer’s night.”

― Brenda Sutton Rose

Oh, the summer night, has a smile of light, and she sits on a sapphire throne.

– Barry Cornwall

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Famous Quotes About The Eternal Summer

“There shall be eternal summer in the grateful heart.”

— Celia Thaxter

“One must maintain a little bit of summer, even in the middle of winter.”

— Henry David Thoreau

“When the winter comes, the summer shines infinitely in our hearts!”

— Mehmet Murat Ildan

“In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer.

And that makes me happy. For it says that no matter how hard the world pushes against me, within me, there’s something stronger – something better, pushing right back.”

― Albert Camus

“If it could only be like this always – always summer, always alone, the fruit always ripe…”

—Evelyn Waugh

“I wonder what it would be like to live in a world where it was always June.”

—L.M. Montgomery

“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.”

—Hal Borland

Thy eternal summer shall not fade.

– Sonnet XVIII

Eternal summer gilds them yet. But all, except their sun, is set.

– Byron

Midsummer dinner

Quotes About The Perfect Summer Day

“It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.”

—Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“Summer is singing with joy, and the beaches are inviting you with dancing waves.”

—Debasish Mridha

“All in all, it was a never-to-be-forgotten summer… one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doing, come as near perfection as anything can come in this world.”

– L.M. Montgomery

purple flower in tilt shift lens

Summer As A Time For Strength

“I love summertime more than anything else in the world. That is the only thing that gets me through the winter, knowing that summer is going to be there.”

—Jack McBrayer

“Rejoice as summer should… chase away sorrows by living.”

– Melissa Marr

“When the sun is shining, I can do anything; no mountain is too high, no trouble too difficult to overcome.”

– Wilma Rudolph

The summer solstice is a time for strength and vitality for action and movement.

– Carole Carlton

blue flag with yellow cross in the middle near purple flower bushes

The Summer Afternoon

“Summer afternoon—summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”

― Henry James

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.

– James Dent

Summer set lip to earth’s bosom bare, and left the flushed print in a poppy there.

– Francis Thompson

Summer As A Sacred Time

“Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.”

—Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

One way of celebrating the Solstice is to consider it a sacred time of reflection, release, restoration, and renewal.

– Sarah Ban Breathnach

Not only is it Sum­mer Sol­stice, there is a Full Moon. May love sur­round you like sun­shine on a sunny day.

– William Shakespeare

Both the Winter and the Summer Solstices are expressions of love. They show us the opposition of light and dark, expansion and contraction, that characterize our experiences in the Earth school so that we can recognize our options as we move through our lives.

– Gary Zukav

At the Summer Solstice, all is green and growing, potential coming into being, the miracle of manifestation painted large on the canvas of awareness. At the Winter Solstice, the wind is cold, trees are bare and all lies in stillness beneath blankets of snow.

– Gary Zukav

This is the solstice, the still point of the sun, its cusp and midnight, the year’s threshold and unlocking, where the past lets go of and becomes the future; the place of caught breath.

– Margaret Atwood

It is Summer, it is the solstice the crowd is cheering, the crowd is laughing in detail permanently, seriously without thought.

– William Carlos Williams

yellow sunflowers during daytime

Summer As A Time Of Reflection

“Summer has always been good to me, even the bittersweet end, with the slanted yellow light.”

― Paul Monette, Borrowed Time: An AIDS Memoir

“Cause a little bit of summer is what the whole year is about.”

—John Mayer

In June, as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them.

– Aldo Leopold

The days were longer than for time, like money, is measured by our needs, when summer afternoons were spacious, and the clock ticked slowly in the winter evenings.

– George Eliot

The summer with its harvest sheaves.

– Annie E. Tynan

And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.

– F. Scott Fitzgerald

The whole summer was inside of us.

– Leah Raeder

Drinking summer drinks

Summer Quotes With An Idle Theme

“Deep summer is when laziness finds respectability.”

—Sam Keen

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass on a summer day listening to the murmur of water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is hardly a waste of time.”

—John Lubbock

“I love how summer just wraps its arms around you like a warm blanket.”

—Kellie Elmore

“When all else fails, take a vacation.”

—Betty Williams

Summer had a way of being full of fun and things to do and plenty of times of doing nothing and feeling bored.

– Sofi Benitez

Summer Pagan Blessings Quotes

“Midsummer, the Summer Solstice, also known as Litha, arrives when the powers of nature reach their highest point. The earth is awash in the fertility of the Goddess and God.”

– Scott Cunningham in Wicca: A Guide for the Solitary Practitioner

“[Midsummer] is the time to stay out all night reveling and then gather plants before calling it a night. It is a magical time for divination, communing with the spirits, and finding true love – or at the very least romance, flirtation, and fun.”

– Judika Illes in The Element Encyclopedia of Witchcraft

“The sabbat of Midsummer is a potent and magickal date. This is a great time for fire magick, bonfires, garden witchery, herbal and green magicks, and the best night of the year to commune with the elemental kingdom and the faeries. This is a time of celebration in nature: everything is green and growing. Nature is celebrating her achievement!”

– Ellen Dugan in Seasons of Witchery

“The sun shines brightly overhead as witches dance around a bonfire and feast on fruits and vegetables fresh from the fields. Children laugh and play, rolling wheels that symbolize the sun and chasing shining bubbles that float through the air like faeries. It is the Summer Solstice, also known as Midsummer or Litha. The earth rejoices in abundance and light, and so do we.”

– Deborah Blake in Midsummer: Rituals, Recipes, and Lore for Litha 

“The power of the sun at the [Summer] Solstice is protective, healing, empowering, and revitalizing. It adds a powerful charge to all spells, crystals, and herbs; so divination was traditionally practiced on this night.”

– Lisa Lister in Witch: Unleashed. Untamed. Unapologetic.

“Midsummer is when the Cosmos is holding and supporting us, when we’re allowed to release anything we’ve been keeping in. What creative venture is waiting to burst forth? What can you continue to nurture in the next season?”

– Gabriela Herstik in Inner Witch: A Modern Guide to the Ancient Craft

“Feel the soil’s energy at this time of the Summer Solstice. Feel the energy of growth and nourishment that vibrates in the earth. Sense the expansion, the throb of life as it flows through roots and stems.”

– Arin Murphy-Hiscock in The Green Witch: Your Complete Guide to the Natural Magic of Herbs, Flowers, Essential Oils, and More

“Just as the sun is at the height of its power at Midsummer, it also begins its decline…When we think of the sun in its decline, we note that it does not scatter its power in fear and desperation. It does not attempt to turn back time or change the way things are. It simply shines fully, brightly – just as it is – fading, fading, into an ever-darkening year. In our own lives, this symbolizes the practice of accepting fully our lives as they are in the moment without fear or striving for effect.”

– Timothy Roderick in Wicca: A Year and a Day: 366 Days of Spiritual Practice in the Craft of the Wise

“Like Beltane, the Summer Solstice is said to be one of the times of year when the fairy court changes residence. Anyone who has ever seen fireflies flitting around on Midsummer might believe this is true, and certainly Shakespeare thought there was enough connection between the fey and Midsummer to write an entire play about it.”

– Thea Sabin in Wicca for Beginners: Fundamentals of Philosophy & Practice

“Midsummer is much like Samhain, in the sense that the doors between worlds seem to be open. Many celebrate this time with nature spirits and fairylike beings, or do magick to draw more solar light within themselves.”

– Christpher Penczak in City Magick: Spells, Rituals, and Symbols for the Urban Witch

“As the solstice sun rises on its day of greatest power, it draws up with it the power of herbs, standing stones, and crystals. In the shimmering heat-haze on the horizon, its magical energies are almost visible. And as the mist gate forms in the warm air rising beneath the dolmen arch, the entrance to the Otherworld opens – Avalon, Tir nan Og, the Land of Youth, where it is always summer, and death and old age are unknown.”

– Anna Franklin in Midsummer: Magical Celebrations of the Summer Solstice

“People have always looked up at the sun with wonder and gratitude. From earliest times, the sun has been recognized as the source of warmth and light…The sun was so important to ancient people, it was sometimes viewed as a god. People wanted to celebrate the day when the sun was at its highest point in the sky – the summer solstice.”

– Ellen B. Jackson in The Summer Solstice

“Many ancient temples were designed to celebrate the moment when the sun first showed above the horizon on the longest day of the year and to recall the journey of the god. In Egypt, temples dedicated to the falcon-headed sun god Amon-Re were designed to capture the sun’s rays at the exact moment of the solstice. At the great temple at Karnak, a concentrated beam of light is channeled at Midsummer into the heart of the complex, enabling the priests to calculate the duration of the solar year to within a minute, a degree of accuracy we have only recently learned to match.”

– John Matthews in The Summer Solstice: Celebrating the Journey of the Sun from May Day to Harvest

“Because this is a sabbat which glorifies the sun, and the sun is a symbol of protection, many pagans choose to make protective amulets in the week before the sabbat that are later empowered over the Midsummer balefire…Rue, rowan, and basil, tied up in a gold or white cloth, is a good protective trio that can be carried in your pocket year round. A few cinnamon sticks tied over the door of your home is another good protective charm.”

– Edain McCoy in The Sabbats: A Witch’s Approach to Living the Old Ways

“In the Dianic tradition, [the Summer Solstice] is a celebration of the Goddess’s power of fire. Hestia, Vesta, Pele, Artemis, and Brigid are specifically honored. The Great Goddess is in her full mother aspect. She is the full moon of summer.”

– Sandra Kynes in A Year of Ritual: Sabbats and Esbats for Solitaries and Covens

green grass field during sunset

“Glory of the Day-Star, hail! / Lifter of the Light, Burnisher of the Sky. / Gifts of love to earth are bringing, / Summer’s shimmer, dew’s delight. / Dancing be the heart within us, / Open be our soul’s to bliss, / Courage vanquish every shadow, / Greet Midsummer with a kiss.”

– Caitlin Matthews in Celtic Devotional: Daily Prayers and Blessings

“Flowers are essential to Midsummer’s rite. During this time of year I often call upon the Faery Queen and Flower Goddess Vivian. She is Merlin the Magician’s wise teacher…and was created in the Otherworld completely from flowers. It is Vivian who gives the sword Excalibur to King Arthur. At Midsummer’s ritual, flowers of all kinds and colors are brought to the altar and feast in Vivian’s honor.”

– Laurie Cabot in Celebrate the Earth: A Year of Holidays in the Pagan Tradition

“Folklore says that at Midsummer spirits abound–this belief inspired Shakespeare’s delightful play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. If you wish, you can commune with the elementals and fairies at this time. Our ancestors regarded Midsummer’s Eve as a time of intense magick, especially for casting love spells. Any herbs gathered at midnight on Midsummer’s Eve were believed to have unparalleled potency.”

– Skye Alexander in The Modern Guide to Witchcraft: Your Complete Guide to Witches, Covens, and Spells

“Despite the dominant awareness of summertime in relation to the land, the sea and its beautiful wonders are also very much a part of the summer season…Even if we can’t go the the seashore and touch the warm sand or let the waves crash against our legs, we can still call upon the energy and magical inhabitants of the ocean for use in our [Midsummer] magic and to build greater spiritual connection to the mystical realm.”

– Michael Furie in Supermarket Sabbats: A Magical Year Using Everyday Ingredients

“Behold the season of high summer and the Summer Solstice. We celebrate as joy and happiness flow within all on this day. The Sun God is at his peak in the sky. The Goddess is heavy with pregnancy. Today we celebrate the light, for tomorrow the light will begin to wane and sink deeper and deeper into the night.”

– M. Flora Peterson in The Simple Sabbat: A Family-Friendly Approach to the Eight Pagan Holidays

“Now on this longest day, light triumphs, and yet begins the decline into the dark. The Sun King grown embraces the Queen of Summer in the love that is death because it is so complete that all dissolves into the single song of ecstasy that moves the worlds. So the Lord of Light dies to himself, and sets sail across the dark seas of time, searching for the isle of light that is rebirth.”

– Starhawk in The Spiral Dance: A Rebirth of the Ancient Religion of the Great Goddess

“The term Midsummer might seem odd, as this date is now considered the beginning of summer. But the ancient Celts had only two seasons: light and dark, summer and winter. This is actually the middle of the light half of the year. Now, after the sun’s peak, the growing light begins to fade. This is the return of the darkness…the god of the fading light, the Holly King, will slay the Oak king and will regain his power. The days will grow shorter and the nights longer.”

– Jennifer Hunter in 21st Century Wicca: A Young Witch’s Guide to Living the Magical Life

Litha Activities To Do With These Midsummer Quotes

What can you do to celebrate the midsummer solstice that includes these fun and magical quotes? Here are some ideas!

  • Write the quotes in your journal
  • Use the Litha quotes as journal prompts
  • Choose a quote as your theme for the day
  • Make art with the quotes
  • Create an altar space using the quotes
  • Do a ritual around one of the quotes